known as “land of high passes”, Ladakh is the dream destinations for many around the world. Ladakh is famous for its amazing views, mountains, lakes, rivers, culture, and the list goes on and on. in short Ladakh is famous for its everything.
The atmosphere of Ladakh is pure. Ladakh is home to one of the highest human settlement in the World, Karzok which is located 4400m above sea level is a 3rd highest human settlement in the world.
Ladakh also home to Indian Astronomical Observatory (IAO), one of the world’s highest sites for optical, infrared and gamma-ray telescopes in Leh. The IAO is operated by the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore.
Why Visit Ladakh?
There are so many reasons why you should visit Ladakh. The scenic beauty of the city not only gives joy to us it also gives a peaceful memory to our mind. Ladakh has strong connections with Buddhism and Tibetan culture which makes this town even more interesting to visit. Buddhism spread into Ladakh in the second century.
There are so many activities you can do in Ladakh like Biking, Trekking, Camping, Camel Safari, Rafting more.
Biking is the most famous activity in Ladakh you can even enjoy Mountain Biking. Quad Biking is available at Nubra Valley. Markha and Chadar are the best places to enjoy trekking in Ladakh.
Hemis Festival, Dosmochey Festival, Matho Nagrang Festival, Stok Guru Tsechu Festival, Phyang Tsedup Festival these are some of the famous festivals of Ladakh where you can part be of Buddhism culture and learn more about the local peoples.
Places To Visit In Ladakh
Zanskar Valley is one of the best mesmerizing places in Ladakh. In ancient time it was part of the Gude kingdom in Tibet, but its part of India now. In Zanskar, you can see Snow-capped Himalayan peaks and beautiful rivers.
The atmosphere here is very pleasant. Monasteries, Zongkhul, Stongdey, Zongla are the best tourist attraction in Zanskar Valley.
The best time to visit Zanskar Valley is on Summers when the temperature remains calm and beautiful and the view of town looks beautiful.
Srinagar – Kargil – Padum is the best route to reach Zanskar Valley.
Nubra valley one of the must-visit places in city. Nubra valley has everything from the river to flower from evergreen forest to snow-capped mountains.
Hunter, Sumur, Panamik, Panamik, and Warshi – Tyakshi Villages are some of the best places to visit in Nubra valley. The beauty of this valley can’t describe in words, it such one of the places in India where you truly think that you are in HEAVEN.
Note- There no ATM in Nubra so it better for you carry cash from Ladakh.
Pangong Lake is the most famous tourist attraction in Ladakh. The beautiful Pangong lake is 12 km long. The special thing about this lake is that the water of the Lake changes its color throughout the day from blue to light blue to azure to green and grey too.
Pangong lake is a favorite destination for Bollywood. The shooting of some of the famous Movies has been done in Pangong lake.
The lake is also home to some beautiful birds. In summers you can see some beautiful birds flying around the lake. During winters the lake froze totally.
Camping is the best way to explore the beauty of Pangong lake. You can also find some beautiful eco huts near the lake. Pangong Lake is the best place for you to experience the beauty of nature and spend some time in peace.
Note- Pangong lake does not support aquatic life, due to briny water.
Tso Moriri Lake
Tso Moriri is a beautiful lake located in a very tranquil place in Ladakh. Tso Moriri lake is surrounded by snow-capped mountains of barren hills. The Tso Moriri lake is wetland reserve also. The lake is also known as Mountain Lake.
Tso Moriri Lake is a less crowded place which makes this place a perfect spot for spending time in peace. You can see some beautiful Water birds like a bare-headed goose, great-crested grebe, brown-headed gull, and brahmin duck.
kargil is the second largest town in Ladakh. This town is a favorite destination for adventure enthusiasts. Kargil has a very special place in Indian history because here The Indian Army captured the Tiger Hill from infiltrators.
There are plenty of activities you can do in Kargil like trekking, camping, river rafting and more. Chadar Trek is the best trekking spot in Kargil which provides you a beautiful view of Chadar river.
Kargil War memorial which was built for pay tribute to the Indian soldiers who died in the Kargil War. Here you know the history behind the war, how Indian soldiers fight to capture all the places which Pakistan occupied.
Mulbekh Monastery, Phuktal Monastery, Hemkund, Valley of Flowers and Drass Valley are some of the amazing places you can visit in Kargil.
Khardung La Pass
khardung La Pass is one of the world’s highest motorable pass and the most peaceful place in Leh Ladakh. Khardung La Pass also known as the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valley.
You can see some picturesque view of the snow-capped valley around. The place mostly visited by adventure lovers and bikers. Khardung La Pass is the best place for photography too as it provides you with some great opportunity to capture the magnificent beauty of nature.
Hemis National Park
Famous as the “Snow Leopard Capital Of India” Hemis National Park is an amazing place to experience the wildlife. Hemis National Park is the largest national park in South Asia.
You can see 11 species of fauna and 30 species of avifauna in the park. You can even enjoy a Wildlife safari in the park.
Hemis National Park is home to more than 200 snow leopards. Tibetian Wolf, Red fox and brown Beer is one of the main attractions of the park. You can also see Great Tibetan Sheep, Bharal (Blue Sheep), Shapu Himalayan marmot, mountain weasel, and more animals.
Golden eagle, lammergeier vulture, lammergeier vulture are Himalayan birds of prey you see here. Some the other species of birds like brown accentor, Tickell’s leaf warbler, robin accentor, streaked rosefinch, chukar, Blyth’s swift, black-winged snowfinch, Himalayan snowcock, red-billed though, and the Fire-fronted serin you can see flying around the park.
Magnetic Hill is a major tourist attraction in Ladakh. Here when you turn off the engine of your car and let your car in neutral your car will start going up to the road, the car can speed up to 20kilomiter per hour on this magical hill while on neutral.
The theory behind this Hill is called The optical illusion theory. It believed that vehicles don’t go to the uphill. it’s just an illusion that makes downslope of the road looks like upslope.
So actually vehicles are going to downhill and look like that they are going on uphill.
Best Time To Visit Ladakh
Summers is the Best Time To Visit In Ladakh, Summers start from April and end in September, during summers temperature remains pleasant and it’s the best time to enjoy all adventure actives in the town.
So Activities like Biking, river rafting, trekking etc is the best thing do in Summers.
In Monsoon Ladakh gets heavy rainfall, most of the roads and trekking route gets blocked due to rain. So it would a better option for you to not visit Ladakh in Monsoon.
In winters the whole town covered with the snow. The river and lake get frozen all adventure activities gets blocked because of snowfall but still tourist visit Ladakh during Winters.
So you should not do any adventure activities like trekking and biking etc because it’s too dangerous in Winters. During Winters the town looks beautiful like heaven, many people say its also the best time to visit Ladakh. You can even enjoy Spituk and Losar festivals in Winters.
How to Reach Ladakh
By Air– The nearest Airport to Ladakh is Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport which connected with daily flights from cities like Delhi, Jammu, Chandigarh. This Airport is a military air terminal so the security is very strict here. Taxi is easily available to the various destination of Ladakh from Airport.
By Road– If you are traveling by car then the Shrinagar, Manai and Chandighar routes are the best way to reach Ladakh by road. From Manali to Ladakh route you will be crossing Rohtang Pass.
The best way to explore the beauty of Ladakh is by Bike tour. There are plenty 2 routes that lead to Ladakh.
Route 1- Srinagar-Leh Highway
Route: Srinagar – Sonmarg – Zozi La – Drass – Kargil – Mulbek – Lamayaru – Saspol – Leh
Petrol pumps- Nagbal, Ganderbal, Kargil, and Khalsi
Route 2- Manali-Leh Highway
Route- Manali – Rohtang – Gramphu – Kokhsar – Keylong – Jispa – Darcha – Zingzingbar – Baralacha La – Bharatpur – Sarchu – Gata Loops – Nakee La – Lachulung La – Pang – Tanglang La – Gya –Upshi – Karu – Leh
Petrol Pumps- There are not many petrol pumps in this route, you should take an extra flue in a jerry can. 110km away from Manali, Tandi at is next petrol pump after Manali.
Note- You should fill your tank at the nearest Petrol pump because there are on guarantee regarding these Petrol pump functioning.
By Train- Tawi which is 700km away from Ladakh is the nearest railway station to Ladakh. This station is well connected with some of the major cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and others. From here you can easily hire cabs to Ladakh which will take 2 days to reach Ladakh.
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